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A Delicious Thanksgiving Alternate to Turkey

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When we think of Thanksgiving we usually think of good ol’ Tom the turkey. We think about sitting down to a table surrounded by family and close friends and preparing to indulge in a festive feast to include a nicely browned and roasted turkey. But what about those who don’t particularly care for turkey? What options do they have? Well if you prefer chicken to turkey, here are a few ideas for baked chicken that will help you on your way to enjoying the festivities.

One of my very favorite ways of preparing a roasted chicken would have to be this one. All you have to do is get a nice roasting pan with a lid or one that can be covered and sealed with foil paper. Get a whole chicken and rinse it off, making sure to remove any of the giblets left inside. Season the chicken on all sides with Lawry’s season salt, pepper, onion salt, and garlic salt. Place it in the roasting pan and cut up some potatoes, carrots, green peppers and onions and place all around the chicken in the pan. Also place some of the onion and peppers inside of the chicken for extra flavor. Add a little water to the bottom of the pan and place into the oven on 375 degrees and bake. During the baking process, remember to baste the chicken with the drippings as well as the vegetables. This will give them a wonderful taste, especially the potatoes. When the chicken is almost done and you are ready to remove the lid to complete the browning process, pour some honey all over the chicken. Continue to bake until the desired brownness. This chicken is delicious.

Another delicious recipe that I enjoy is to take a whole chicken and rinse it off and remove any of the giblets that may have been left inside. First rub butter over the entire chicken. After doing this, season the bird with salt, pepper and dill. You can add any vegetables you like to the pan before you place it into the oven. Place into a roasting pan with a lid or cover with foil paper and bake at 375 degree. Make sure to baste the chicken several times during cooking. When the chicken is practically finished, remove the lid to allow proper browning. If you choose not to add vegetables to the roasting pan, you can serve this with a nice rice, mashed potatoes or pasta dish.

If you prefer a spicier dish, here is an excellent idea for you. You can purchase jerk seasoning at most grocery stores. It comes in a jar most of the time. Again, take a whole chicken and rinse it off. Remove any giblets left inside and place into the roasting pan. Rub the entire chicken with the jerk seasoning, cover and place in the refrigerator over night to marinade. The next day remove it from the refrigerator and place into the oven at 375 degrees. Bake until almost done and remove the lid to brown. Make sure that you warn your guests that it may be a little spicier to some. Serve with rice and a side vegetable. Delicious!

Finally, you can always prepare the chicken just like they would prepare a turkey. Simple take a whole chicken, rinse and remove giblets. Prepare a bread stuffing. The easiest way is to use Stove Top stuffing. They come in so many varieties these days; you should have no trouble finding a flavor to fit your tastes. Stuff the bird; season the outside with your preferred seasonings. Bake at 375 degrees, but make sure that the chicken is cooked all the way through. It takes a little longer with stuffing inside. Remove the cover and brown. Let cool a bit and serve.

There you have just a few ideas to create a delicious Thanksgiving alternative to turkey. Don’t hold back, use your creative mind and experiment with the different elements you may already have in your kitchen. Chicken can be a blank canvass waiting to explode with different flavors. Bon appétit.

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